Visit Inyo National Forest and Sierra Nevada Mountain

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

 

The gorgeous scenery of the Sierra Nevada mountains.  
 

The Eastern Sierra Mountain range is California's backbone. The U.S. highway 395 which runs east of the Sierra Nevada range would have to be one of California's most spectacular drives. Coming from Ventura we stop by at Bishop, CA. Bishop is the second largest town in the Eastern Sierra and a hub for outdoor enthusiasts because there are plenty or recreational opportunities nearby for climbers, hikers and cyclists. The town is surround by the high peaks of the Sierra’s to the west and the White Mountains to the east. Needless to say then the town has unbelievable views in whichever direction you look. 

 

 

We drove out to Inyo Craters which is between highway 395 and Mammoth Lakes Village. The dirt road is a bit rugged.  The trail is marked by bluish-green triangles nailed to the trees, so it's hard to miss. The hike has a bit of a gradual incline, and it took our lungs a little while to adjust, especially because of the altitude. It was a short hike to the craters. On the way, make sure you stop and smell the tree bark. 

 


Our youngest hiker was only 6 months old  and he enjoyed it.


 

Created by steam explosions from volcanic activity, these gigantic craters are like inside-out domes, very beautiful and definitely worth seeing at least once in your life. 


And because of the higher elevation, you get a unique view of the crater.

 

The actual crater is filled with trees. Nice views from up there though.

When you get to the craters, be sure to have your camera out! You'll want to take photos of the small greenish-blue crater and then the other crater that has trees surrounding it.  I don't think you can hike down to the little ponds in the center. As a heads-up, you might want to wear a  hat and bring a bottle of water when you do the hike on summer time as it gets really hot in mid afternoon.


15 comments:

  1. I would love to visit Inyo Craters Trail one day. The views are amazing and the water at the bottom is really neat looking.

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  2. Those views are absolutely amazing! I would love to take my family there and explore the area. I think we'd have an amazing time.

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  3. This is such an incredible spot. I wish we had something like this nearby. I'd totally go here and take a ton of photos.

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  4. I have visited the Sierra Nevadas but never Inyo Craters Trail. The pictures make me want to visit when we can all get out again!

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  5. Just beautiful sites and seeing them in shorts and T shirts makes me so jealous. We are very cold here in PA this time of year.. Kelli A

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  6. So beautiful! I wish my walks looked this nice this time of year!

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  7. Mama Maggie's KitchenDecember 3, 2020 at 5:57 AM

    Stunning! The place is indeed a piece of paradise! I will definitely ask my husband to go here!

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  8. This place looks amazing, I would love to go here someday!

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  9. So beautiful!!�� This is the type of view I would spend a lot of money to, without regrets. Lol.

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  10. I have never been there, that place is so beautiful and seeing that tempt me to pack my things and go there.LOL!

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  11. Wow! The views are amazing. Hopefully we get to visit CA in the future and explore Sierra Nevada. -LYNNDEE

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  12. That looks like an amazing place to visit. I'm loving all those photos. Makes me wish I were there right now.

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  13. That is absolutely gorgeous. I miss California and those mountains. I live in the southeast now and there are NO mountains anywhere near.

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  14. This is such a beautiful area, looks like a wonderful place to visit.

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  15. Looks like you all had a great getaway for a bit!

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